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Posted by Manatosh Das on August 5, 2013
On July 2, the government of India released the National Cyber Security Policy 2013. This policy extends to a spectrum of ICT users and providers, including home users, SMEs, large enterprises, and government and nongovernment entities. The policy aims to serve as an umbrella framework for defining and guiding the actions related to the security of cyberspace. The policy has been much delayed but has now been released amid reports of snooping by the US globally — and ever-increasing threats to India as a country.
The policy defines 14 diverse objectives that provide an overview of the government’s approach to the protection of cyberspace in the country. A few objectives that will have a positive impact on S&R professionals in India caught my attention:
The formulation of such a policy is a commendable first step initiated by the government of India. However, the policy fails to match up with its international counterparts on several parameters, such as:
India is likely to face many more cybersecurity challenges over the coming decades as the mobile Internet begins to pervade a greater proportion of the population. These policy developments will likely be one of many improvements and refinements to be made which will directly impact S&R professionals. It’s these effects that I intend to research over the coming year.
What are the specific challenges you think India will face? What do you feel you will need to know more about to become more effective in the S&R role in India? Let me know your thoughts and we’ll develop our research efforts around what is likely to be most useful to you.
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